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Dread Scott

Disgraceful
President George H. W. Bush

Scott has joined the ranks of historical/political artists, following in the footsteps of John Heartfield, George Grasz, and Leon Golub, along with his activist contemporaries Ai Weiwei, Nari Ward, and Berry Bickle
— A. M. Weaver, Sculpture

…it was difficult to look away from the flag’s blocky, capitalized type. “A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday.” It shouted the words so matter-of-factly that I felt myself physically flinch.
— Angelica Rogers, New York Times

The installations, sculptures and videos in this survey dramatize Hurricane Katrina, the incarceration of black males and the Iraq war as if they were all part of a single national problem, and he argues forcefully that they are.
— Holland Cotter, New York Times

When an artist decides to confront complex social issues and express them publicly using a visual platform, we can’t help but be pushed out of our comfort zones and face the troubling aspects of our society, which we inadvertently shelve away from our lives.
— Baldev Duggal, Digital Photo Pro

There is no question that mounting Scott’s piece is a coup. This flag made art history.
— Elizabeth Hess, Village Voice

A jarring directness few exhibitions muster.
—Dan Bischoff, New Jersey Star Ledger

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And then let’s use that knowledge to make art that more powerfully illuminates this era and helps the people to propel history forward —Dread Scott interviewed by Michael Slate. Revolutionary Worker June 17, 2001
Revolution Online:Dread Scott: Making Art and Revolution Good long interview with me.

“Following in the footsteps of his namesake, photographer and sculptor Dread Scott is battling for human rights—all the way to the Supreme Court. Armed with only art materials, Brooklyn photographer and artist Dread Scott has received death threats by those threatened by the politics of his art.”
— Ericka Blount-Danois, “Prisoner of War,” One World, June/July 2002
An article with portions of an interview with Dread Scott. Reproductions of three works.

Lois Martin, “The Direction of Cloth: the Horizontal Dimension” Surface Design, Winter 2002
Good reproductions of several works and an interesting article examining fine artists who use the horizontal plane in their work

William Zimmer, “Strong Statements in a Serene Setting,” New York Times, 12/3/00, sec 14.
Full page review of “Black and Blue: Examples of Police Violence” a group exhibition at Wesleyan University.

Kay Bourne, “Photographer’s Exhibit Chronicles Plight of Prisoners,” The Bay State Banner, Vol. 35, No. 41.

Elizabeth Hess, “Capture the Flag”, The Village Voice, 4/4/1989, Very long and very good story. Best coverage of the controversy surrounding What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?

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